Bvdub is really quite something isn't he? One of those artists who won't let an album get in the way of a good press release. This time its all about his cat who sadly died in 2014. I have a cat, I love him to bits and would be very upset if he died. Whether or not I could make an entire album dedicated to him is a question for another day. Bvdub has made some brilliant music in his time but not recently so hopefully one positive from his year of grief is that it has allowed him the inspiration to get back to his ambient bliss best. All proceeds to his local vets.
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- Tanto by bvdub
8/10 Brian Staff review, 30 January 2015
The celestial drift. If there's one thing that SF resident Brock Van Wey is renowned for it's that. A truly heavenly softly-looped dreamy sound that billions of deluded folk around the world dream to hear as they are whisked skywards into the warm, welcoming, gargantuan lap of God after shuffling off that pesky mortal coil. Only to be horribly disappointed as they are immediately put to work fruit picking, washing dishes or bush pruning in heaven. You see, the Good Lord has room on his lap for one thing only. That is his cats. The trillions he's stolen from heartbroken and still very-much-alive people around the world such as our dear Dutch amorphous ambient trance DJ, bvdub. Fuck those soft-headed religions humans pander to. All animals have souls, the feline soul the most enigmatic of them all.
I just chucked our very own house cat out of the room as he was mewling like a confused kitten, getting amorous with my yukka plant, chewing the curtains and scratching the shit out of my amazing table football replica rug. Also because I was about to play an album about a dead cat. I do have a conscience you know.
So, 'Tanto' is a six song elegy to his beloved deceased puss. It should have been a nine track surely? The whole concept is much more endearing than, say, Peter Broderick's elegy to his own humility. I recall Windy & Carl once lacing their dead doggy tribute, 'Dedications To Flea' with his distant barking from another dimension. I'm relieved Brock hasn't followed suit only to smother this in caterwauling chaos and render it unlistenable.
The opening track is infused with soft guitar cycles and at its zenith becomes densely layered with shuffling, crashing percussive rhythms. Processed vocals hover; sad.....disembodied..... and you know when the song descends into shimmering ambience with the lyrical coda seemingly being along the lines of "There's no love in your eyes" that salty tears are almost being spilt in this coffee now. Damn. Fresh pot needed.
I won't go on much longer. Lush ambient music with nice beats and a dream-like melancholy infused with hope and wonder made by a true craftsman - this man's releases never clutter our shelves; he must give genuine comfort to many 1000's in this strange, horrifying and beautiful world we live in. Much less sickly and hackneyed than his recent endeavours, 'Tanto' would do the titular puss proud. It's one of his best in ages. Strange how death has such a re-energising effect on people.
Absolutely all proceeds from this album releases sympathetically, go to this most worthy charity:
10/10 Kira Maxwell Customer review, 1st November 2014
something unmentioned in the description,
this release goes on Quietus (Bvdub's more personal record label)
100% of everything from this album will be donated to the UC Davis Center for FIP Research
I'll happily help donate towards this cause, I think it's a beautiful thing to give the way he's giving back.
I've lost a cat before but not from this disease that can take a life so early...
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